My friend Susan Kosinski passed away this week. She left us all too quickly and suddenly. Today’s post is what I wrote about her and read at her funeral. May we all remember how very precious life is, and how we should never, ever take our life and our loved one’s for granted.
She bubbled when she walked into the room and her smile put everyone around her at ease.
She talked always about her son Erik and her husband Mike. Truly they were the lights of her life. And she giggled often about her many escapades with Kelle and Lindsey.
Susan Kosinksi was my friend and one of my biggest cheerleaders. She encouraged me with my weight loss struggles, and together we became Button Buddies. (Button Buddies was our private term of endearment for encouraging each other to give ourselves a button for every pound we lost)
But Sue wasn’t just my special friend, she was many people’s. She had that way about her. Caring, loving, encouraging.
My daughter Stephanie told me that there was hardly a church service that went by that Susan didn’t ask her how she was doing. Often Susan would pray with Stephanie or say words that uplifted her.
But that was how Susan was. She was the kind of person that made you feel better just by being in the shadow of her smile.
I don’t know why God chose to take Susan so soon. That will be one of the first questions I ask the Almighty when it’s my turn to enter the Pearly Gates.
But I do know that Susan would want us to keep on keeping on. To keep loving Jesus and to keep loving each other.
It was Susan Kosinski’s way… And she would want it to be our way too.
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so,
I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again,
and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
Thomas saith unto him, Lord,
we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way,
the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”